SCOOP Steve Par­rish launches new race se­ries

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EX-BBC Mo­togp com­men­ta­tor and mo­tor­cy­cle racer Steve Par­rish is tak­ing to the track again with an all-new race se­ries – for buses! Af­ter years of cam­paign­ing, he has fi­nally got the go-ahead from the gov­ern­ing body and agree­ment from four ma­jor tracks that will host the se­ries, start­ing in 2017.

Par­rish told MCN: “Fi­nally we have a mo­tor rac­ing se­ries in which the spec­ta­tors are di­rectly in­volved. The pas­sen­gers will act as bal­last, trans­fer­ring their weight/bod­ies from side to side to keep the bus sta­ble”. A re­cent test at Don­ing­ton Park had ev­ery one of the 40 pas­sen­gers thor­oughly en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence and have signed up to take part.

Chris Her­ring, Mo­tor Sports Di­rec­tor for the Cir­cuit of Wales, com­mented: “It’s al­ways re­fresh­ing to wel­come new mo­tor­sport ideas. For­tu­nately we are designing our cir­cuit with high bridges so it will eas­ily cope with dou­ble deck­ers.”

BSB Race Di­rec­tor Stu­art Higgs ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment that Brands Hatch’s bridges are too low to ac­com­mo­date the rac­ing, how­ever MSV can host rac­ing at their Nor­folk Snet­ter­ton cir­cuit. Higgs said: “What a great in­ter­ac­tive way for fans to en­joy this new sport.”

Par­rish con­cluded: “I be­lieve it will run through­out the win­ter when we are nor­mally starved of Mo­tor­sport. The fans/spec­ta­tors will be on board in the warmth and will re­ally play an in­te­gral part in the bus rac­ing team, as their per­for­mance inside the bus is cru­cial. We may need to look at the size of the podium though!”

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